Common Fire and Electrical Hazards

Do you know the most common fire and electrical hazards:?

  • Overloaded electrical outlets or extension cords.
  • Faulty electrical sockets and light fixtures
  • Removed grounded plug from cords used in two-prong receptacles
  • Misuse of extension cords
  • Unsafe work done by amateurs
  • Inappropriate wiring
  • Outdated breaker boxes with worn out connectors

Hiring a qualified, experienced East Country Electric Inc. electrician to inspect your home or business, make repairs, and conduct installations is a smart way to protect your property’s value and safety. East Country Electric Inc. understands that you are busy and need prompt, reliable service and efficient electricians to help you with your electrical installations & repairs.

How dangerous is old electrical wiring?

Can the old wiring start a fire in this house or business? This is a frequently asked question when we inspect older Albertan homes and businesses.  Electrical fires are always a concern when it comes to old wiring and outdated electrical systems. Not only could such a calamity be a serious threat to you and your family members’ lives, but the material consequences can be devastatingly steep. The same, of course, applies to your business, employees’ and patrons safety. Yet, why do wiring hazards often go ignored?

Well, that’s mostly thanks to the “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” factor. In our technologically advanced era, admit it: do you ever think about the energy and associated infrastructure that underpins so much of what we do and enjoy at work and at home? Many of us take our cars in for regular maintenance because it boosts our everyday safety. By the same token, confirming that your home or businesses electrical system is in optimal shape is prudent and cost-effective.

Wiring Fire Hazard Watch List
This list aims to help you learn to be proactive about the electrical safety status of your premises. Unless your home/business is quite newly constructed, chances are some of these fire hazards are lurking. If you’re unsure about any of the below possibilities, we think you’ll see that it is worthwhile to speak with one of East Country Electric Inc. electricians.

Knob and Tube Wiring
If you own a heritage home or older building, you may be living with an electrical antiquity known as “knob and tube” wiring. In this old-fashioned system, copper conductors run inside walls and/or ceilings, supported along their length with knob insulators, and pass through drilled holes that are fitted with porcelain tubes. Since it’s single-insulated, this type of wiring can easily be compromised or become hazardous due to age-prompted fraying.

Old Insulation on Wire
On the topic of insulation, it’s not just an issue with knob and tube systems. Wiring, like the rest of us, will eventually deteriorate and become damaged with age. Be it chewed by mice, damaged by nails hammered haphazardly into walls or simple disintegration; a lack of insulation means exposed wires lurk that can lead to sparks and fire.

Poorly Modified Wiring
Today’s rules for doing wiring work are much more stringent than ever. Unfortunately, the electrical health of many older buildings and homes suffers from decades of DIY dabbling. It is pretty common that wiring will show signs of having been modified over the years by various people who were trying to do a quick-fix and/or had no proper electrical training. The older the building, the higher the risk that, somewhere in the building, faulty wiring or badly executed connections have snuck in. Don’t ever ignore buzzing, flickering or dimming lights and burn marks around outlets.

Low Amp Wiring
Think of how quickly technology has advanced, filling our homes/businesses with many more appliances and devices than ever before. However, has our wiring been kept up to snuff? In fact, older wiring is often rated for a lower amperage than what today’s appliances need. This can see circuits being overloaded, which can lead to a fire.

Outdated electrical design
Older buildings, we love you, but you’re just not in step with the times. Amateur patch-work modifications and other specific age-related hazards aside, the overall design of older electrical systems can be the root of fire hazards. Electrical codes and standards have advanced a lot over the years and, if it had pass inspection today, your home or business probably wouldn’t meet current safety requirements.
East Country Electric Inc. provides old house/business wiring inspection, repair, and rewiring services in Alberta, and maintenance in the area. If you’ve got an older home or business, give us a call. We can inspect the wiring for you to make sure you don’t have an invisible fire hazard on your hands, and repair any issue we find, ensuring that you, your property and your loved ones are totally safe. That type of peace of mind is priceless.